December 2nd, 2010
09:56 AM ET
"Inception" audiences' heads are still spinning over the movie's rotating top – and that was exactly the goal of filmmaker Christopher Nolan.
[Editor's Note: There's a spoiler after the jump. If you haven't seen "Inception" and would rather not know what happens at the end, stop reading now.]
SPOILER ALERT: At the end of the mind-bending movie, the camera cuts away from Dominic Cobb's (Leonardo DiCaprio) spinning top as he is reunited with his kids, leaving viewers to wonder whether the top continued to turn endlessly, meaning the scenario was all a dream, or falls over, signifying that it was reality. Nolan tells Entertainment Weekly he refuses to set the record straight.
“I’ve been asked the question more times than I’ve ever been asked any other question about any other film I’ve made,” he says. “What’s funny to me is that people really do expect me to answer it.”
Nolan adds that he tries to leave his movies open to interpretation. “There can’t be anything in the film that tells you one way or another because then the ambiguity at the end of the film would just be a mistake,” he says. “It would represent a failure of the film to communicate something. But it’s not a mistake. I put that cut there at the end, imposing an ambiguity from outside the film. That always felt the right ending to me."
The real point of the scene, he explains, is that Cobb is looking at his kids and not the top. "He’s left it behind," says Nolan. "That’s the emotional significance of the thing.”
Nolan won't confirm whether there'll be an "Inception" sequel, but he does reveal that a video game is in the works. In the meantime, he's also keeping busy with the third Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises," which he calls "the last chapter of our Batman saga."
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